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Photo © by mehdhalaouate
Location: Yapen, Papua
Todiramphus saurophagus

Todiramphus saurophaga
Todirhamphus saurophagus
Halcyon saurophagus


This is a large kingfisher (28 cm)
White with blue wings
Sexes alike


Found throughout the northern coast of New Guinea including the islands of the Geelvink Bay, the West Papuan islands, the Bismarcks and the Solomon Islands.


Was previously Halcyon saurophagus. The Sibley-Monroe spelling of the scientific name (Todirhamphus saurophagus) is incorrect. Clements and Howard & Moore both use Todiramphus saurophagus. More details in this discussion.


Two subspecies are recognised:

  • T. s. saurophagus:
  • T. s. admiralitatis (anchoretus):
  • Admiralty Islands (Anchorite, Hermit and Ninigo)


Mangrove forests, most often encountered in coastal areas



It nests in tree cavities


It feeds mostly on insects, crabs and small fish.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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